TIP 3: Celebrate the people going through different graduations. This is the season when many children and youth celebrate milestones (although differently, like last year). This includes: Grade school to high school High school to post-secondary (whether school, apprenticeship or work) Post-secondary studies to new careers (or for further studies) (others you may know about) As you identify these individuals, consider: Reaching out to each graduate individually, whether it’s a
TIP 1: Register for Assembly’s learning sessions (and invite others to join you). This year’s Assembly learning sessions includes presenters from across the continent who are specialists in their fields , especially children and youth ministry. We encourage you and others at your church to register. Within your group, you can decide who will attend the various sessions so you can all share insights learned. With your registration, you’ll also
tip: Find out where your high school grads are going, and connect the ones heading to university with a campus group at t101.ca. If you have high school graduates this spring, encouraging in their next step is vital. For those going to university this September especially if it's away from home, your influence in helping them make that connection to a new faith community is crucial. The Renegotiating Faith report
tip: Register for (and recommend) some Assembly learning breakouts. CBOQ is excited to be hosting its annual Assembly, our "family gathering" of churches. Since this year is happening online, there are some great ways to connect and learn from one another, including through our learning sessions. You can find all the ones offered at baptist.ca/assembly/#assembly-learning-sessions. (The early bird deadline is May 9 with the final day to register on June
Tip 2: Begin Talking about Lent/Easter Plans with your Children and Youth Leaders At the beginning of the Easter season, what conversation behave you had with your children and youth leaders about how your church will celebrate Easter? We all have to face changing variables (similar to those we faced last December ahead of Christmas) in what we’re able to do. Some considerations and questions as you approach the conversation these coming days: During this Easter season, what are the non-negotiable expressions? (Be careful not to confuse these with what you want the most.)
Tip 1: Register for Today's Teens Today’s Teens Conference is the largest and currently the longest-running youth ministry training conference in Ontario. This year it will be presented entirely online and FOR FREE! The lineup includes plenary speakers like Finu Iype, Chris Chase, Lisa Pak and Brett Ullman. You’ll also get access to over 20+ breakout sessions and bonus materials. Even if you can’t make it to the entire event on Saturday, February 20, you can access everything afterwards on demand.
Tip: Attend CBOQ Now on January 14 and review afterwards. This month's CBOQ Now meeting is on "Redefining the Church". This pandemic has moved us to consider what Jesus's church can continue to become in these coming weeks, months and years. Join the meeting online by registering here. After January 14, there will be follow-up questions and considerations to deepen the insights shared.
tip: Register for the Today's Teens Conference today (it's free this year!) Today's Teens Conference is the largest and longest current-running youth ministry conference in Ontario. This year, because of the pandemic restrictions and with the generous support of various sponsors, it is FREE this year. Not only does it include access to the conference content via the Castle app (with Crossroads), it will include bonus content leading up and
“Gather a collection of thanksgiving year-end prayers (video, written, etc) and showcase them.” None of us could foresee the way things transpired in 2020. Yet even with all the disruptions, chaos and confusion, God has revealed in so many ways the ways he continues to bless us with and carry us through challenging times. One way to show our gratefulness is to offer collective prayers of thanksgiving (in-person or online). Here are some ways to do that. IN-PERSON Each person has a piece of paper
“Identify your high school grads and their plans.” High school graduation is an exciting time in a person’s life. It’s the closure of one chapter and the anticipation of the next one to come. As the pastor, acknowledging this rite of passage is crucial. At least know who’s graduating this year in your church. You may not be able to connect with them regularly, but at least knowing who they are is a great start. What specific